Ways of Attending: Art and Poetry

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Carl D Leggo
Rita L. Irwin


We have been making art and writing poetry together for many years. As colleagues in arts-based education research, we have journeyed together with many colleagues and students, in many research projects, in dreaming possibilities for teacher education, in promoting the value of a/r/tography as a way of understanding our intricate and composite identities as artists, researchers, and teachers. For us, seeing is not solitary. Instead, seeing is a creative practice of living well with one another in relationship to the world. So, in this article, Rita L. Irwin’s photography and Carl Leggo’s poetry come alongside in order to perform ways of attending.

Keywords: A/r/tography; art; Photography; Poetry; Attending; Ekphrasis. 


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Carl D Leggo, University of British Columbia

Carl Leggo is a poet and professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. He has published eighteen books of poetry and scholarship, always with a focus on creativity, the arts, and education. He daily seeks to know the heart of living poetically.

Rita L. Irwin, University of British Columbia

Rita L. Irwin is a professor of art education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of British Columbia. She is also an Honorary Qiantang Scholar Professor at Hangzhou Normal University, China, and an Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University, Australia, the Past President of the International Society for Education through Art, and the Chair of the World Alliance for Arts Education.


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